MONO is an instrumental band from Japan formed in 1999. They will have a show at Phi Centre in Montreal on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, which is part of their 2017 North American tour. I don’t know anything about them but the organizer of NMFT, Steven Tanaka, calls Mono a legendary band.
Karin Kei Nagano is a piano prodigy, which given her parents’ occupations may not be much of a surprise. She’s the daughter of Kent Nagano (music director at OSM) and Mari Kodama (professional pianist). She’ll be having a concert on Sunday, March 12 at 1pm at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Discounted tickets (under $15) are available for 34 year olds and under. This is part of Montréal en Lumière.
Mouse of the Keys will have a show starting at 8pm at L’Astral on Friday, March 10, 2017. They’re an instrumental jazz band from Tokyo. This isn’t their first time in Canada. They apparently came last year and even earlier than that when Steven Tanaka had brought them over as part of his Next Music From Tokyo tour (in vol. 5). Be sure not to miss them this time. This is part of the festival Montréal en Lumière.
Despite the popularity of Kpop in North America, shows are still uncommon on this continent although there are definitely more in USA than Canada. Even within the land of maple leaves and beavers music acts only go to the usual cities, Toronto and Vancouver. The last big Asian star I remember to headline their own show in Montreal was Eason Chan. There have been other acts in Montreal but usually part of a bigger festival or as opening acts for other bands like One OK Rock, BabyMetal (I regret missing that to this day) and Crayon Pop.
Much to my surprise, Hyuna will be performing in Montreal on Sunday, February 26 at 8pm at L’Olympia. She will also be touring the other Canadian cities (Vancouver on the 22nd and Toronto on the 24th before she comes to Montreal) and then USA. It’s organized by Kpopme.
Also local Kpop dance cover group East2West won the chance to perform as the opening act for Hyuna.
This is the second Next Music from Tokyo show I’ve attended. This time I specifically took time off work so I could stay up late for it. That’s how great I thought the last show was. Now, of course, it’s all different bands this time but having looked up their youtube videos, they all sounded pretty good. I also got ear plugs which I forgot to bring, of course. Here are my thoughts on the show.
Next Music from Tokyo is a concert series featuring indie bands from Japan. It’s run by Steven Tanaka with shows in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. I only discovered it recently when I attended volume 8 last minute (which was in May earlier this year). I’m very excited that we don’t have to wait a whole year for vol 9, which kicks off its tour in Montreal on October 5, 2016 at Le Divan Orange. The lineup has been finalized and the bands are Maison Book Girl, This is Japan, Jizue, Toranoko Rammy, and Hitsuji Bungaku. Here’s the facebook event page.
Sep 17 update: trailer!
Based on videos online, the bands sound great and this should be another amazing show. Advance tickets available August 17. Here are some music videos of the acts.
Yuki Isami is originally from Japan but is now based in Montreal. She plays different Japanese flutes as well as the Western flute.
I first saw her perform at a concert during Festival Accès Asie in May 2016. She performed pieces composed by Takemitsu Toru. While some of his unorthodox compositions were not to my liking, I thought she performed them very well. Since summer is still around, let’s enjoy this medley of summer songs performed by Isami on flute with a pianist.
This is probably one of those movies that cannot really be reviewed. Either you hate it or you adore it for its total randomness and wacky sense of humor. It focuses on a 17 year old high school student (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who inconveniently dies in a bus crash with his classmates including a girl (Aoi Morikawa) he has a crush on. He never quite got the chance to tell his crush his feelings or so he thinks. Labeled a suicide he gets sent to hell where he argues that he didn’t kill himself and wants to go to heaven to see his crush. While going to heaven from hell is possible, apparently this has never happened before. What follows is too difficult to describe but you won’t want it to be spoiled anyway.
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